White Models Are Wearing Black Girls Cornrows In Valentino’s Spring 2016 Ad Campaign

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Valentino released its Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign and it is already causing major problems on social media because the brand is once again styling White models in Black girl cornrows. They did the same thing for its pre-fall 2015 lookbook and accompanying campaign, as well as their “Africa“-themed spring 2016 show which featured an overwhelmingly White cast of models.

At this point, I am annoyed and beyond frustrated. If you’re going to have an “Africa” themed-show and style models in a hairstyle that was invented and is still very popular in the “Black community,” then why not use Black models? Wouldn’t that make sense?

Valentino still fail at using diversity in it runway shows and ad campaigns, regardless of theme or location.

The luxury house’s new SS16 advertising campaign was shot by Steve McCurry in Kenya‘s Amboseli National Park.

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Photos Credit: Steve McCurry 

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